Sri Lanka’s JVP files petition with Human Rights Commission against MR


July 17, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Marxist JVP on Friday filed a petition with the Human Rights Commission against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s use of state vehicles and security.

The petition filed by JVP Kurunegala District team leader Namal Karunaratne points out that the human rights of other candidates (Right to equality) are being violated by former President’s use of state owned properties.

However Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya told reporters yesterday that it is not possible to reduce security provided for a former president even though he is engaged in another activity.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe earlier told Parliament that former President Rajapaksa is being accorded maximum security and facilities.

Rajapaksa has been provided 105 members from the Police, 14 officers from the Army and another 90 of other designations.

The Army has provided three motorcycles, one motor car, three land cruisers, three defenders, two double cabs, two signal cabs, four trucks and two buses.

Wickremasinghe also mentioned Parliament that Rajapaksa had taken two Benz cars along with him which are the best High Security Benz cars in Sri Lanka.

Apart from that he has a high security BMW jeep, Wickremasinghe said.